5 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Freshman Year in College

“I remember my freshman year…”

I can’t express how many sentences come out of my mouth with this introduction.

Before arriving to the beginning of your collegiate endeavors, remember these hints to let you enjoy the roller coaster ride of your freshman year to the fullest.

  • Door Open

Well into my fourth year of college that I am now, it’s always a shame to hear people say they don’t see anyone from their freshman year dorm. Leaving your door open is the easiest and most convenient way to make friends on your floor.

Say hello to people in the hallways as they pass by or ask them to come in and hang for a bit. Our floor always kept our doors open and always hung out in the hallways and commons.

We all still talk today and hang out whenever the opportunity or situation presents itself. These people can be your best allies moving forward.

  • Job

If you have a work-study option as part of your financial aid, you’ll already be set.

However, students without jobs may want to also consider their employment status their first year of school. It gives you the chance to meet different people at the university, puts a little more cash in your pocket, and a distraction from the stress of school in most cases.

Yes, the further time restriction on studying is a negative, but a small gig for 10-20 hours a week will be another way to stay on schedule.

  • Classmates

The majority of your classes freshman year will likely be general education requirements filled with a bunch of other 1st year students and a small portion of upperclassmen.

I understand the whole “no talking in class” policy, but the classroom offers the perfect neutral environment to meet other students. Starting a friendship with a classmate will help you both out come midterm and finals time and make another familiar face on campus.

Plus, it’s always a good conversation starter at parties and other social events. Don’t be afraid to spread those wings social butterfly.

  • Campus Events and Groups

The college you attend will always be sponsoring events and activities that allow students to interact with one another. It doesn’t matter if it’s a free concert, a campus bon fire, or pep rally, get active and immerse yourself in your school environment.

Our floor started our still-existent flag football team when we were freshman and I still have the cooler I won at the night games event our field house sponsored the same year.

Don’t be a couch potato!

  • People From Home

Yes, your first year is supposed to be all about meeting new people, but it doesn’t mean you have to stray from those you already know.

Check at school and see if you know anyone whose going to the same place or location you are.

It’s always nice to know someone and introducing your friends to one another is a great way to make lasting relationships.

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Lawrence Mack

Lawrence Mack

Lawrence Mack is a junior at the University of Iowa majoring in English. When he’s not exercising, eating, reading, writing short stories, or scouring the web, Lawrence is contributing to other blogs. An avid Harry Potter fan, self-proclaimed StumbleUpon and YouTube addict, and underrated when it comes to taking naps, Lawrence is looking forward to studying abroad in Thessaloniki, Greece over the Spring Semester of 2012.